Brewed by Daleside
Style: English Strong Ale
Harrogate, England


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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
A powerful smooth strong ale to suit all tastes. Monkey Wrench is mid brown to ruby in hue with aromas of fruit hops malt and roast malt together with some sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2007 I feel a little wimpy drinking a 5.3% strong ale. Has a sort of fresh scrubbed glass/detergent aroma that I swear is not from my glass. It is a sharp, but clean kind of aroma that defies more detailed explanation. The body is a chestnut, copper-brown color and holds a diminishing tan, pinky sized head. Mild raisin/grain fore. Kind of brown ale tasting, but without the nutty notes. Has some scaled down fruit cake/Belgian ale-like flavors, but it too watery to really wow. Very faint hop bitterness in the finish. Decent enough, but I won’t be rushing back for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4807) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle. Dark with a very inviting malty aroma upon opening.Full bodied with an intersting mixture of flavours.Slightly burnt but subtle as well.Informative and intersting label.Quite impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Cold 550ml bottle: Pours a clear burnt orange color with minor tan bubbles around the edges of the glass. Rich malts, caramel, light fruits and grass. Watery texture and smooth with ample carbonation. Ending is of sweet malts and grass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Bottle: Pours a clear dark orange with red highlights and a thin white head, earthy hops with caramel in the aroma, thin bodied with a slick texture, starts and ends lightly sweet with a stale ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5371) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2007
Pours mahogany into an English pint. Offwhite micro head with excellent retention leaves film as it slowly recedes. Roasted malt aromas. Upfront sweet creamy caramel which pretty much stays through the finish. Fairly one dimensional -- was hoping for a little more bite, but certainly was able to drain the glass quite quickly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2007
Dark amber color with a light tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel and raisons. Flavor of toasted malt and some caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a very thin light tan head. Smells of some dark malts, caramel, and very slight roast. Kind of like a mild dopplebock. Taste has some caramel, and light chocolate with some roasty malts. Really light bodied though, which was a little disappointment. Not bad, but better versions of this style available.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2007
Malty aroma, roasted. Pours dark brown. Very smooth malt flavor, hops aren’t very noticable. Not bad, not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10215) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 3, 2007
Very dark amber, clear and a nice and creamy head. The aroma is malty and the flavour is sweetish, malty with burnt notes of caramel, light fruit and a moderate bitterness, that develops further in the finish in a citrussy way. 1814

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NachlamSie (3213) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Bottle of the Monkey Wrench Dark Ale. Pours solid red with a nice little tan head. Aroma is pretty mild with sweet malty notes that suggest toast, raisins. Flavor is slightly musty and dank with hints of caramel, raisins, rum, and biscuits. I can’t pick up hop activity here, maybe some far away papery notes. This is pretty light and mild like many U.K. offerings I’ve had. This doesn’t make much of a "strong ale". It’s okay, pretty standard British brew.

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